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Majority Of Fox News Guests Discussing Ferguson Are White

The Huffington Post | Jackson Connor | Posted 12.01.2014 | Media

"Fox News Sunday" had a disproportionate number of white guests on air to discuss the protests in Ferguson, Missouri, and the resignation of officer D...

Media Lessons From The Benghazi Charade

Eric Boehlert | Posted 01.24.2015 | Media
Eric Boehlert

Apparently if the seventh investigation finds wrongdoing on the part of the administration, that's the one that will really matter? Sorry Fox News, but six strikes and you're out.

Shouldn't Educators Be The Ones Discussing Education On Cable News?

The Huffington Post | Jackson Connor | Posted 11.21.2014 | Media

Only a fraction of those discussing education policy on cable news this year have actually been educators, according to a new study by Media Matters, ...

TV News Does A Complete 180 On Ebola Coverage After Midterms

The Huffington Post | Jackson Connor | Posted 11.19.2014 | Media

Network news coverage of the Ebola virus abruptly and dramatically fell off following the midterm elections earlier this month, according to a new stu...

How the Press Is Doing the GOP's Ebola Bidding

Eric Boehlert | Posted 12.17.2014 | Media
Eric Boehlert

If the news media's job is to educate, and especially to clarify during times of steep public concerns, then the news media have utterly failed during the Ebola threat. And politically, that translates into a win for Republicans because it means there's fertile ground for their paranoia to grow.

When There's Nothing Left to Uncover About Hillary

Eric Boehlert | Posted 11.23.2014 | Media
Eric Boehlert

There's no other public figure active in the U.S. political arena today (possibly other than the one who currently occupies the Oval Office) who's been more scrutinized by the media, who's endured more "scandal" coverage, who has been thoroughly trashed by the partisan press opponents, and who still comes out the other side marching on. So now what?

From Tragedy to Farce: How Fox News and the GOP Tarnished Benghazi

Eric Boehlert | Posted 11.16.2014 | Media
Eric Boehlert

Benghazi has been politicized in the most disturbing way possible, to the point where Fox News and conservatives have turned an American tragedy into something of a macabre Twitter punchline.

When Fox News Didn't Blame the (GOP) President for Beheadings

Eric Boehlert | Posted 11.05.2014 | Media
Eric Boehlert

With a Democratic president, many talkers from 2004 now turn their attention, and their wrath, to Pennsylvania Avenue and use the deaths as a cudgel to bash the president as being impotent -- i.e. "He didn't prevent the deaths!" Of course neither did Bush, but the Fox rules of propaganda were different for him.

When GOP Hopeful Rudy Giuliani Earned $11 Million in Speaking Fees And D.C. Press Didn't Care

Eric Boehlert | Posted 09.21.2014 | Media
Eric Boehlert

When you examine the two sets of facts, the press treatment and the gaping media double standards in play for Giuliani and Clinton could not be more vivid: The D.C. press holds the Clintons, and Democrats, to a much tougher standard than they do Republican candidates.

Kate Sheppard

Climate Change Gets More Air Time On Some TV News Shows | Kate Sheppard | Posted 07.21.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -– So far, 2014 has seen a renewed interest in climate change on the Sunday morning political talk shows. In just the first six months of...

Rick Perry and How the Press Loves to Treat GOP Campaign Losers Like Winners

Eric Boehlert | Posted 09.14.2014 | Media
Eric Boehlert

Less than three years ago, Rick Perry showed himself to be an extraordinarily bad campaigner with a tin ear for retail politics. Yet today, Perry is touted by the Beltway press as a "handsome" and "underrated" campaigner who stands poised for greatness in the next presidential campaign. Somewhere Al Gore must be shaking his head.

Dave Jamieson

Media Matters' Staff Votes To Join Union | Dave Jamieson | Posted 07.02.2014 | Media

WASHINGTON -- The staff of the progressive media watchdog group Media Matters for America voted overwhelmingly in favor of joining the Service Employe...

By Rehabilitating Iraq War Boosters, Is the Press Trying to Forgive Itself?

Eric Boehlert | Posted 08.23.2014 | Media
Eric Boehlert

The head-scratching question continues to be, why? Why are the discredited "experts" who botched Iraq last time now being a given a platform to comment on the military crisis they helped create?

Dave Jamieson

Media Matters To 'Walk The Walk,' Let Employees Unionize | Dave Jamieson | Posted 06.17.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Employees at the progressive media watchdog group Media Matters for America will soon vote on whether or not to join a union. Last w...

Why Isn't Chris Christie Derided for Being "Testy"?

Eric Boehlert | Posted 08.16.2014 | Media
Eric Boehlert

The media message to Clinton was clear last week: You can't lose your cool when dealing with the press. You can't try to intimidate reporters. Who is allowed to do all those things? Chris Christie, for one.

From Bad to Worse: Limbaugh's California Ratings Debacle Deepens

Eric Boehlert | Posted 07.15.2014 | Media
Eric Boehlert

It doesn't take an MBA to realize paying Rush Limbaugh $50 million a year to anchor cellar-dweller stations in major markets and to host a program that attracts elderly men but fewer national advertisers isn't a blueprint for future success.

George Will Strikes Out vs. Obamacare

Sandy Goodman | Posted 07.12.2014 | Politics
Sandy Goodman

Spurious George, who has no problem paying for his own healthcare and, at age 73, can always depend on Medicare, doesn't have much sympathy for ordinary people who couldn't afford decent healthcare before Obamacare became law.

Rush Limbaugh's California Ratings Debacle

Eric Boehlert | Posted 07.01.2014 | Media
Eric Boehlert

What's the advantage of paying Limbaugh the big bucks when host stations in New York and Los Angeles with barely-there ratings lose out to public radio stations at the far end of the dial? And when Limbaugh's advertising base has absolutely shriveled since his self-inflicted Fluke wound?

Dave Jamieson

Pro-Labor Group's Workers Feel 'Betrayed' By Its Opposition To Their Union | Dave Jamieson | Posted 04.28.2014 | Politics

The apparent decision by executives at Media Matters for America to oppose the unionization of their staff has left employees at the progressive media...

Sister Frigidaire Tries To Ice MSNBC

Stephen Kaus | Posted 04.10.2014 | Politics
Stephen Kaus

By speaking on cable television in the way that everyone regularly speaks on the Internet, Shuster gave us a preview of speech control in Hillaryland.

What Shrinking Newsrooms Mean in the Age of the Koch Brothers and Billionaire Donors

Eric Boehlert | Posted 06.10.2014 | Media
Eric Boehlert

The news regarding the Star-Ledger isn't just about the challenges New Jersey's largest newspaper faces with a newsroom one-third its previous size. The larger question is what happens to newsgathering, and what happens to a democracy, when the cutbacks show no signs of abating while super-donor forces in politics exert unprecedented influence?

What Does 60 Minutes Have Against Public Investment in Clean Energy?

Keith Gaby | Posted 06.02.2014 | Green
Keith Gaby

Is there a bias against public investment in clean energy? Just ask Tesla Motors founder Elon Musk.

From 'Doomed' to Boom: How the Press Missed the Obamacare Comeback Story

Eric Boehlert | Posted 06.01.2014 | Media
Eric Boehlert

The larger media coverage question is, has the press been wed for so long to the Republican-friendly narrative of a broken and doomed Obamacare system that journalists are refusing to adjust the storyline as crucial new facts emerge?

Flashback to 2008: When Russia Invaded and Fox News Shrugged

Eric Boehlert | Posted 05.04.2014 | Media
Eric Boehlert

At the time, the Bush White House sounded an awful lot like today's Obama White House. Yet unlike today, the Putin-led excursion in 2008 completely failed to spark the panicked rhetoric that's become Fox News' trademark since Russian troops crossed over into Ukraine last week.

Ted Nugent and How the Conservative Press Can't Hide Its Hate Streak

Eric Boehlert | Posted 04.23.2014 | Media
Eric Boehlert

Increasingly reliant on bad fringe actors like Nugent to connect with their far, far-right audience, the conservative media have built up Obama-bashing personalities who no longer occupy any corner of the American mainstream. Yet Nugent enjoys deep ties with Republican campaigns all across the country. When those ties receive media scrutiny, they cannot be defended.